Youth set-up is way forward for Raith Rovers Ladies

Written by Colette Carr.

WITH Raith Rovers Ladies having already dived head first into pre-season, they're planning to ensure they're still here in 25 years.
 
Last season was a testing one for the club, but player-manager Pauline Harley says a flurishing youth system could be set to launch a new era for the Fifers.
 
Harley is currently in her fourth spell with the oldest affiliated women’s team in the country (approximately 25 years), and also coaches the club’s under 15 side.

The team - who train twice a week in Kirkcaldy - have so far knocked up one win, one draw, and two losses in preseason friendlies, however, with changes to the set-up from last season, Harley sees a way forward for the club.

She said: “The Ladies suffered last season as a result of a previous lack of interest in the importance of girls’ football in club development.
 
"The girls and ladies amalgamated last year. From the age of 5, girls can play football to their pleasure.”

She continued to explain how young stars at the club including, Chloe Guppy, Demi Gear, Nicola Wallace, Chelsea Duncan, Lauren Low and Lisa Byrne, will have an impact on the first team this season, playing alongside more experienced players such as herself, Linsey Agnew, Nicki Redpath and Stacey Penman.

Despite new and exciting prospects at the club, Harley is not getting ahead of herself in terms of expectations for the season.

She continued: “My expectations of this season are simple. To finish mid table is realistic for a new group of players who are getting to know each other.
 
"Anything more than that I will be happy.

“Last season was the most difficult time in my long career, I’m so glad some of us have stuck together. We now have an excellent bunch who appear to be at the club for the correct reasons, to build a future.”

While Harley remains realistic for the 2013 season, her optimism stretches way into the future of the club.

“Now that the ladies team has survived and there is now a pathway for young players to come through, we now believe we can last another 25 years.”

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